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Pakistan: world's largest ever house-to-house mop-up.

Type
Published Article
Journal
Polio news
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1999
Issue
4
Pages
2–2
Identifiers
PMID: 12158276
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

The WHO and health officials launched a massive house-to-house immunization campaign in Pakistan's Sindh Province, which was considered the largest mopping-up operation ever conducted, reaching a record 6.5 million children in a high-risk area. The collaborative effort of the government of Pakistan, the WHO, the UN Children's Fund, Rotary International, and other partners reached an estimated 10% more children than the country's last and most successful National Immunization Days (NIDs). Mopping-up campaigns are now a major focus for the "home stretch" of polio eradication, particularly for the high-risk areas in countries that are a global reservoir of poliovirus. The disease prevalence in Pakistan dramatically declined because of routine immunization and 6 years of NIDs; however, still almost 7% of the world's reported polio cases occurred in Pakistan last year, where half of these could be found in Sindh.

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